Glenn Goldberg @ Charlie James

Glenn Goldberg, Glenn Goldberg, Okay (Blue), 2016, acrylic, gesso, ink, and pencil on canvas, 60 x 40 inches (courtesy of Charlie James Gallery)
Glenn Goldberg, Glenn Goldberg, Okay (Blue), 2016, acrylic, gesso, ink, and pencil on canvas, 60 x 40 inches (courtesy of Charlie James Gallery)

Daniel Gerwin reviews Glenn Goldberg: Somewhere at Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, on view through October 15, 2016.

Gerwin writes: "As I stood among his paintings, I became physically aware of a subtle conflict between sensual thrill and intellectual restraint... In 'Okay (Blue)' a rubber ducky shares the foreground with a highly stylized vertical stalk of plant, vaguely resembling bamboo, while the background is done in quiet pastels and lots of tiny dash marks... While painting a rubber ducky would seem to leave little choice but exaggerating the cliché in the ironic voice prevalent among younger artists, Goldberg manages to sublimate those associations and give the image new life through formal abstraction."